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Is a Semi Detached House Safe if the Neighbour Knocks Down the Other Half?

 

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RuthM ‏@Rubymu

 

@GEArchitects is a semi det house safe if the neighbour decides to knock the other half down? #seriousquestion

 

 

Our thanks to Ruth for asking us the question via Twitter.

 

The short answer to that question is yes. The two houses should be built as independent structures and demolishing one should not affect the other. However, it does depend on how old the houses are and you must seek the advice of a structural engineer and a solicitor to make sure that the work you plan to carry out is safe and legal.

 

If you decide to demolish your semi detached house, there are several factors you need to consider:

 

• You will need to notify your neighbour(s) in writing regarding your planned

works. You can learn how to write a Party Wall Notice from the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 booklet, which you can find here.

 

• You must make sure your neighbour’s property is safe during and after demolition

 

• The party wall is most likely not a suitable external wall, so you will have to insulate it if it remains exposed after demolition

 

• Has the cavity of the party wall been closed? If so, there is potential for water ingress and the cavity must be closed

 

• The foundation must not be left exposed due to potential washing away underneath by the rain

 

• Have the neighbours knocked down the foundations underneath the party wall? If so, you may have to rebuild them when demolishing your house

 

• You must consider the finish of your neighbour’s roof after you take yours away

 

You don’t need Planning Application approval if you want to demolish a house, even if you live in a Conservation Area. But remember that you will need listed building or conservation area consent, which you can read more about here.

 

Keep in mind that if you want to build a new house to replace the one you demolish, you will need Planning Application approval and then Building Control approval if the application is successful.

 

 

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